THERE is little question Mauricio Pochettino will handle Actual Madrid someday.
However Tottenham shall be hoping that’s later somewhat than sooner.
As a result of shedding their supervisor now would set Spurs again years.
It sounds ridiculous to say that a couple of boss who has by no means received a trophy.
However if you happen to look across the Premier League and Europe there isn’t any apparent successor in ready.
That’s as a result of the job Pochettino has completed and his standing at Spurs is exclusive, actually within the fashionable period.
Chairman Daniel Levy used to undergo managers like Zsa Zsa Gabor did husbands.
Now he has lastly discovered soccer love and settled down along with his soul-mate Poch.
The Argentinian is Levy’s longest-serving gaffer at Tottenham after switching from Southampton in Could 2014.
Since then Pochettino has not solely fulfilled his temporary of turning perennial Europa Leaguers Tottenham right into a top-four group and making them entertaining once more, he has given them an identification and made growing younger home-grown expertise trendy once more.
Whereas off the pitch he has had key mental enter within the development of the brand new stadium and the gamers’ lodge on the coaching floor.
He’s additionally answerable for introducing a brand new air of respect and friendliness all through all ranges of the membership, together with the chairman’s workplace.
Levy has wholeheartedly purchased into his supervisor’s strategies, which embody shaking arms with colleagues and wishing them a very good day while you first stumble upon them every morning.
The chairman, considered one of many hardest negotiators within the recreation, was famend for holding his managers at arms’ size.
Presumably as a result of he knew he would find yourself sacking them in a yr or so.
However Pochettino’s relative longevity has led to a brand new shut working relationship between chairman and supervisor on the membership.
The pair are tight and have a real mutual respect and fondness for one another.
This has led to an unlikely new period of stability at Spurs, which has underpinned their stark enchancment below Pochettino.
He might have solely been on the membership for four-and-a-half years however his hallmark now runs proper by means of the membership.
If he had been to maneuver to Madrid now it could be the Tottenham equal of when Fergie left Manchester United.
And with no pure successor ready within the wings, the North Londoners could be left in limbo, Pochettino’s undertaking unfinished.
No new supervisor could be able to persevering with his work. Anybody coming in must rip up the blueprint and begin once more.
And what number of managers could be prepared to work below the constraints Pochettino has been compelled to this season with no new stadium but and no new signings?
Sure Tottenham would obtain round £40million in compensation from Madrid if their gaffer determined to hot-foot it to the Bernabeu.
Nevertheless it might price Spurs greater than thrice that quantity to herald his alternative, workers and inevitable new signings any incoming boss would need.
And who’s a viable candidate? Eddie Howe has completed a fantastic job at Bournemouth – however nowhere else and has no large membership or European expertise.
Whereas on the reverse finish of the spectrum, Zinedine Zidane having been used to life at cash-rich Actual Madrid is unlikely to wish to scrimp it at Spurs.
That would depart somebody like Brendan Rodgers, who popped up on Levy’s radar a number of occasions throughout his days at Swansea. However the Northern Irishman’s dig at Levy’s switch document in 2014 might make the Celtic boss a non-starter.
There are causes to dismiss all of the bookies’ favourites.
Pochettino insisted earlier than Tottenham’s 1-Zero defeat by Manchester Metropolis on Monday that he’s glad at Spurs, has a wonderful relationship with Levy and needs to remain on the membership.
And while you hear him communicate that passionately about his present job it’s tough to see him strolling out on the Lilywhites, notably halfway by means of a season with nonetheless a lot work to be completed.
However everyone knows how fickle soccer is and the way anyone within the recreation is at all times only one half-decent supply away from transferring golf equipment.
Tottenham ought to preserve their fingers-crossed Actual Madrid president Florentino Perez seems elsewhere for his subsequent supervisor.
For if Pochettino leaves Spurs it could be a serious setback as there isn’t any apparent alternative.